Copy-Plane Carrying OKC Thunder Team Suffers Damage En Route To Chicago

Carmelo Anthony

A plane carrying National Basketball Association team Oklahoma City Thunder sustained damage after striking a bird early Saturday morning, according to officials with Delta Airlines.

The reason for the incident is not yet clear, but the image of the plane suggests that it hit an object while flying.

"The aircraft, a Boeing 757-200, landed safely without incident; customers have since deplaned and maintenance teams are evaluating".

Several players posted photos on social media, both thankful that the team was safe and curious as to what could have hit the plane.

The Thunder, who lost 119-116 to Minneapolis on Friday, are in Chicago to face the Bulls on Saturday.

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An official spokesperson for Delta, however, said the damage was likely caused by a bird strike while the plane was landing, according to USA Today. "30,000 feet up...", Josh Huestis tweeted at 1:09 a.m. central with a photo of the dented nose".

Small forward Carmelo Anthony posted a picture of the battered plane on his Instagram account reassuring fans everyone on board was OK. "Everyone is Safe, Though".

Steven Adams on court for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Thunder forward Patrick Patterson took a video of the damage to the nose of the plane.

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